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My husband has everything and is difficult to buy for. So, on Valentine's Day every year, I make him a fancy, multi-course meal that I research a couple weeks ahead of time. I create a festive menu on my word processor complete with cupid clip-art and fancy fonts one week before V-Day. Then, I post the menu in an highly visible location on the wall.
Having the menu posted builds anticipation and reminds us of the special night as it grows near. Every year I'm surprised how this ritual never grows old, and I'm just as excited to prepare it as he is to eat it. This is undoubtedly is more special than any bottle of after-shave, neck tie or wallet.
By Sara from Cape Cod, MA
For Valentine's Day, I make a heart shaped meat loaf. You can add ketchup or any tomato based sauce that you prefer on top. If you have a heart shaped cake pan you can use that or just shape the meat yourself.
Now get out some candles and a small table. This is not the time to be sitting at your big dinning room table. You want a space that will be small, cozy and intimate. Cover the table with a table cloth. Don't have a table cloth? Well, try a lace curtain. If it puddles at the bottom, so what? That is all the rage right now. Now that you have your table set, what are you going to serve? Being that this is a thrifty and romantic dinner, I have come up with some recipes that ought to set you on the right road.
For your main course, I would make something that is special not something that you make everyday. If his favorite is meatloaf, make individual meatloaves that are heart shaped. If you are willing to try something different, here is a burger steak that will melt his heart, especially if he likes ham and cheese. For those of you on the run, this should only take about 30 minutes to 1 hour to get on the table, depending how much prep you can do this week. The baked potatoes can be started in your microwave in the morning and finished in the oven in the evening so that they don't take so long to cook. Burgers likewise could be made ahead and cooked that evening. Buy a store bought cake with fresh or frozen straw berries and whipped cream, it will take no time to throw together. Make the salad ahead of time. Now you have time for a bubble bath and time to get ready for your special date.
The rest is pretty straight forward. You will need to bake a couple of potatoes in the oven. Wash the potatoes and prick with a fork and bake at 350 degrees F until, with an oven mitt, you can gently squeeze them. While they are in the oven, steam fresh vegetables of your choice. You can even buy vegetables in microwave bags or you can even buy bags from Ziploc now that you can steam vegetables in if you don't like the pre made packages. Throw to together a small salad together for each of you with your favorite salad greens and tomatoes and you are all set. My hubby loves corn on the cob so I will be serving him corn on the cob that I will steam in one of the new Ziploc bags, they work great! When slicing up your strawberries or other fresh fruit and assembling your dessert, throw a few M and M's or candy hearts or one chocolate kiss or the tiny mini chocolate chips on top for a pretty finish.
Happy Valentine's Day!
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I would like to know some simple quick recipes for food for Valentine's Day for a dinner meal.
I like spaghetti- it's red,- garlic bread and chocolate frosted brownies Yum Yum! Quick and delicious! Something red and something chocolate!
I started this tradition six years ago. I made heart shaped meatloaf. I first started out with a cookie cutter layed on the tray and press in the meatloaf mixture then I would lift off the cookie cutter. Now just shape with my hands to make a bigger heart. I add ketchup on the top when done. I make regular mashed potatoes and a vegetable to go with it.
You can go to the meat dept. And have the butcher fillet a ribeye steak in half and it makes a perfect heart shape, then grill and enjoy!
YOU CAN GO THE MEAT DEPT. AND ASK THE BUTCHER TO FILET A RIBEYE STEAK IN HALF AND IT MAKES A PERFECT HEART SHAPE, THEN JUST SEASON, GRILL AND ENJOY! OH AND I ALWAYS SERVE MASHED POTATOES IN THE SHAPE OF A HEART WITH PAPARIKA SPINKLED ON TOP, YOU CAN SLICE TOMATOES SEMI THICK AND USE A HEART SHAPED COOKIE CUTTER TO CUT THEM, SPRINKLE WITH SALT, PEPPER, AND SOME PARMASAN CHEESE, BAKE UNTIL TENDER!
How about salmon steaks? They're sort of a heart shape. Kind of pricey but it is Valentine's Day!
CHRISTMAS EVE WAS DELIGHTFUL BECAUSE WE DECIDED TO FONDUE-WOULD BE BETTER YET FOR VALENTINE'S DAY-----ELECTRIC POTS CAN BE FOUND FOR $10-BE SURE AND USE PEANUT OIL AND HERSHEY KISSES ARE GREAT FOR THE CHOCOLATE POT-HUNKS OF ROBUST BREAD IN CHEESE FONDUE 1ST-
I was lucky enough to find a heart shaped angel food cake pan at Goodwill. That cake frosted in pink frosting is perfect for Valentines Day.
Here is a good red jello salad.
1 large pkg of cherry jello
2 cups boiling water
1 cup cold water
1 can cherry pie filling
1 cup chopped apples
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Dissolve jello in hot water and stir til dissolved. Add cold water. Add pie filling. Let set til starts to congeal. Add celery, apples and pecans. Refrigerate til set.
We've been married for over 20 yrs. and I always make a heart shaped meat loaf, red potatoes, heart shaped rolls, a salad with red and green bean bundles of luv. Heart shaped cake too. My guys love it!
My kids and I always try to go for all pink and red. Our favorites are Ham stakes carved into heart shapes, red potatoes - or mashed potatoes with a touch of red food coloring, we whip up our butter and add a dab of red food coloring to that as well. I like beets, but the kids dont, so tomatoes work sliced thick like a heart. Of course, you have to have some kind of passion punch - something "shirley temple-ish".
The spaghetti dinner and chocolate frosted brownies is my favorite of all the Valentine's Day dinner ideas. Something red and something chocolate! Easy, convenient, and yummy. Best of all, no need for that scary red food coloring!